European Particle Therapy Network (EPTN)

 

The European Particle Therapy Network (EPTN) became a task force of ESTRO in 2017. It was established in 2015 in response to the anticipated increase in the number of particle therapy centres in Europe. In addition, the need to cooperate among centres and integrate particles (i.e. protons and carbons) in the framework of clinical research networks was identified as being of paramount importance. ESTRO, at the time of initiation of the network, was asked to collaborate with EPTN and agreed to facilitate the group.

Particle therapy (PT) is only one part of radiation oncology, and needs to be well aligned with other radiation techniques as well as with general developments in cancer research and patient care. PT offers both new opportunities for providing excellence in cancer care, and new opportunities for high-quality research in the framework of European research networks.

Organisation

The EPTN has three organisers and is composed of 7 working parties (WP) with experts for different topics to further elaborate the particle European discussions. It meets once a year.

EPTN organisers:

 - Cai Grau (Aarhus, DK)
 - Damien Weber (Villigen, CH)
 - Michael Baumann (Heidelberg, DE)

EPTN WPs

WP

Title

Coordinators

1

 Clinical

Hans Langendijk (Groningen, NL)-Leader

Roberto Orecchia (Milano, IT)

Karin Hausterman (Leuven, BE)

Cai Grau (Aarhus, DK)

Daniel Zips (Tuebingen, DE)

Jacques Balosso (Grenoble, FR)

Esther Troost (Dresden, DE)

2

Dose assessment, quality assurance, dummy runs, technology inventory

Oliver Jäckel (Heidelberg, DE)

Sairos Safai (Villigen, CH)

Stefan Menkel (Dresden, DE)

3

Education

Morten Høyer (Aarhus, DK)

Marco Schwarz (Trento, IT) 

4

Image Guidance in particle therapy

Aswin Hoffmann (Dresden, DE)

Alessandra Bolsi (Villigen, CH)

5

TPS in particle therapy

Håkan Nyström (Uppsala, SE)

Tony Lomax (Villigen, CH)

6

Radiobiology, RBE

Manjit Dosanjh (Geneva, CH)

Bleddyn Jones (Oxford, UK)

Jörg Pawelke (Dresden, DE)

Martin Prutschy (Zurich, CH)

Brita S. Sørensen (Aarhus, DK)

7

Health Economy

Yolande Lievens (Ghent, BE)

Klaus Nagels (Bayreuth, DE)

 

For more information on the EPTN please contact Evelyn Chimfwembe echimfwembe@estro.org